Monday, June 13, 2016

Status update for Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux with CodeWeavers CrossOver

Back on November 12th 2015 I posted about Microsoft Office 2013 running on Linux with CodeWeavers upcoming CrossOver 15 release. Unfortunately, I got a little ahead of myself and thought Office 2013 would be supported by now. But due to the complexity of supporting such a large piece of software like a office suite it's taken a little longer then what I expected.

Here is a quick overview of Microsoft Office 2013 status on Linux once again.

  Microsoft Office 2013 (code named Office 15) is a version of Microsoft Office, a productivity suite for Microsoft Windows. It is the successor to Microsoft Office 2010 and the predecessor to Microsoft Office 2016. It includes extended file format support, user interface updates and support for touch among its new features. Office 2013 is suitable for IA-32 and x64 systems and requires Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 or a later version of either. A version of Office 2013 comes included on Windows RT devices. Mainstream support ends on April 10, 2018. Extended support ends on April 11, 2023.

Development on this version of Microsoft Office was started in 2010 and ended on October 11, 2012, when Microsoft Office 2013 was released to manufacturing. Microsoft released Office 2013 to general availability on January 29, 2013. This version includes new features such as integration support for online services (including OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, Yammer and Flickr), improved format support for Office Open XML (OOXML), OpenDocument (ODF) and Portable Document Format (PDF) and support for multi-touch interfaces.

Microsoft Office 2013 comes in twelve different editions, including three editions for retail outlets, two editions for volume licensing channel, five subscription-based editions available through Microsoft Office 365 program, the web application edition known as Office Web Apps and the Office RT edition made for tablets and mobile devices. Office Web Apps are available free of charge on the web although enterprises may obtain on-premises installations for a price. Microsoft Office applications may be obtained individually; this includes Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project and Microsoft SharePoint Designer which are not included in any of the twelve editions.


So, What has changed sense November 2015? Office 2013 can now log into MSN and download templates just like on Windows. DirectWrite has also seen many improvements over the past six months. It looks like most of the UI bugs have been fixed now. The installation and overall stability will have improved and I would hazard to say the registration has improved.

Carom Wills the Quality Assurance representative at CodeWeavers posted a few days back a screen-shot of Word 2013 logged into MSN, just look at the top right corner and you will see Cody Weaver as the user.

 Specs :

Distro : Ubuntu Linux 14.04.3 LTS
CrossOver Release : 15.2 pre release build
Microsoft Office : Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013

You can go to MSDN and download Microsoft Office Professional Plus and get a free 60 day trial here. After you have registered and got the download it's time to run the install with CrossOver Linux 15 on your Linux Computer. Keep in mind this will install and run on any of the popular modern Linux distributions, Ubuntu is in no way a requirement.

Word 2013 on Linux with CrossOver


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